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Doctoral Program in Philosophy

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Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy

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8 semesters

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01/08/2024 - 17/09/2024

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March 2025

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$5.472.000 (annually)

Program Description and Program Objectives

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile offers the Graduate Program leading to the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy to those who have developed and successfully defended an original and independent thesis, which constitutes a significant contribution to state of the art and certifies the candidates’ competence as autonomous researchers. 

Years of Accreditation

  • Six years until 2022, already in the process of reaccreditation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will have all the conceptual and methodological tools necessary to develop productively in philosophy. They will plan, design, and conduct research to produce significant knowledge to create their area of reflection. In addition, they will contribute to the academic development of philosophy in a relevant way.

Research Areas

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Classic Philosophy

This research area investigates, both historically and systematically, the philosophy developed from its beginnings in Greece until the 5th century A.D. (St. Augustine), with special emphasis on the study of Aristotle and his medieval reception. In addition, work in the field of ancient logic, ethics and rhetoric is emphasized.

Contemporary Philosophy

This area includes studies of philosophies after the second half of the 19th century and up to the present day. An area of special relevance is phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger) and its later variations (Gadamer, Ricoeur, Jonas, Derrida, etc.). In addition, there is an emphasis on practical philosophy and analytical philosophy.

Application Requirements

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  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Philosophy. Degrees in other disciplines will be accepted, as long as they are equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in this discipline.
  2. Transcript of grades with a minimum weighted grade point average of 5.0 (or equivalent).
  3. Certificate of undergraduate graduation ranking.
  4. Letter of intent.
  5. Pre-research project (1500 to 2500 words);
  6. Some research work in philosophy (monograph, article, etc.).
  7. Proof of reading comprehension of English and proficiency in modern and/or classical languages relevant to the pre-project.
  8. Academic curriculum vitae.
  9. Two letters of recommendation.
  10. Interview with the Postgraduate Committee.

Graduation Requirements

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  • To have received approval of the original text of the thesis.
  • To be a doctoral candidate.
  • To have passed as a regular student all the courses and activities that make up the study plan.
  • To have spent a minimum of four semesters in the program.
  • To have approved and publicly defended their thesis with the approval of the corresponding thesis committee.
  • To have passed three transversal skills workshops offered by the College of Doctoral Programs, one of which must be of an ethical nature (Ethics and Integrity in Research).
  • To have certified proficiency in English or another language that is fundamental to their research work equivalent to a B2 level. (See language requirement – See Protocol for other languages).
  • To be the main author of at least one article under review in an indexed journal (WoS, Scopus, Scielo or similar) or in a mainstream book.
  • To have completed a research stay or internship abroad, with teams working on topics related to the thesis.
  • To have deposited the final version of the thesis with due proof of its approval in the University Library in the format indicated by the library system.

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